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Using encryption on Android – A rant

I have had my first Android phone, a Samsung, 5 years ago, and I’ve used three others since then. I believe in others respecting my privacy and the privacy of others. I also try to have a system that is as clean as possible, and update it as often as …

Eyes and Ears – December edition

Welcome to the December edition of Eyes and Ears! This session will be somewhat “christmassy” although we will try to explore another meaning of that term. Talking about the Christmas let’s start with a classic. “Angels we’ve heard on high” – Really? Yes, but this one is sung by Six …

Supporting LibreOffice users everywhere

Helping people using LibreOffice is possible through several channels. Today, this page on the LibreOffice’s website points to several existing options: searching the available documentation searching the help module that is embedded inside LibreOffice checking the archives or asking a question on one of the mailing lists of LibreOffice dedicated …

Standards and Weapons

I have been writing a lot about the benefits of standards -especially open standards- for economic growth and citizens’ empowerement. Today however, I would like to explore, or at least highlight  a more obscure side of standards. Standards can be used as weapons; by weapons I mean tools of influence, …

The Document Foundation sets precedents & paves new opportunities for Free Software

These past weeks have marked a significant twist in the way the Document Foundation is supporting the LibreOffice project and in general, the Free and Open Source Software world. Three distinct pieces of news should indeed be put together in order to shed light on the way the Document Foundation …

Eyes & Ears – November Edition

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes & Ears. This edition is a bit special, as it is somewhat in tune with the coming of Fall season. Expect less electronic beats, and more accoustic tracks. Let’s start right away with the new sampler from the Café del Mar’s “Dream Series”: …

Pondering FOSS foundations

This year the OpenWorld Forum in Paris will take place the 30th and the 31st of October. I will be one of the speakers of Community Track, and I’ll be discussing the Document Foundation’s example. My co-panelists include representatives of the Eclipse Foundation, the OW2 Consortium, Red Hat and others. …

Free Software is Europe’s second chance

I have watched with some interest the latest consultation organized by the European Commission about funding priorities for research, software and cloud initiatives. The Digital Agenda for Europe has been a hot topic for a just a few years now and such a set of policies will create some real …

Free Software & Money

There is an old, yet spreading misconception about Free and Open Source Software, whose effects are being felt almost everywhere. It is the notion that because Free Software is Free as in speech, it is somehow free as in beer. I have already written about this but I feel my …

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